After facing significant backlash, the law enforcement arm of the U.S. Postal Service has released a shipment of face masks intended to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among those protesting police brutality around the country.
The Postal Inspection Service had “set aside” the shipment, which contained thousands of masks, after they were flagged as potentially non-mailable. The masks, distributed by the Movement for Black Lives in Oakland en route to Washington, D.C., St. Louis, New York City and Minneapolis, contained messages that read “stop killing black people” and “defund the police.” The story was first reported by HuffPost.
“These packages were originally set aside for further investigation because there were indications that they contained non-mailable matter,” a spokesperson told Government Executive. “Once Postal Inspectors confirmed the contents of the packages were in fact mailable, they were immediately placed back in the mail stream to be delivered at their intended destinations without further delay.”